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A Hiatus

Posted on: April 13, 2008

I have a confession to make…I’ve not read anything new for months! I’ve been re-reading all books by Lois McMaster Bujold, almost obsessively, and in the last couple of weeks, the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper, one of my favourite authors as a child. (They pass the test of time though, still tasty books!)

Last week, for a couple of reasons, my reading life has changed:

  • I took a mid-week Greyhound trip to Vancouver, and finally picked up a Christmas book: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Finished it yesterday — very good. If you haven’t picked this one up, thinking it had something to do with 18th Century England (I did…I wasn’t too terribly enthused about what I expected to be an Austen-wannabe.), do so now. It’s unexpected and a great yarn — wide-sweeping epic-like with very intriguing characters.
  • I did recently read Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and while I was in Vancouver, I stopped at my favourite 2ndhand bookstore there, Albion Books (Hi Dave!), and found a copy of Bourdain’s next book, A Cook’s Tour. Just finished that one this morning — again, very good. Bourdain writes food porn — his relationship to food is definitely not one of merely fuel. If he did write regular porn, it would be nice and earthy, with all the fluids and smells lovingly recorded. His descriptions of the food he eats around the world are bloody, alcohol-soaked, crud-encrusted meals of absolute delight. I dare you to read this without wanting a bowl of fresh pho and a pint of tequila.

So, I’m reading new stuff again. Hopefully this will mean that I’ll be posting here more often!

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8 Responses to "A Hiatus"

I too have had a bit of a reading haitus – but I am off and running again, even if two the books I read on holiday were Janet Evanovich chick books and another was a Clive Cussler Testosterone stirrer. I also discovered Ann Mayall, the blacksmith – – –

I’ll check out the Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper. It sounds like the kind of thing I’d enjoy. Thanks, Dorothy

Wow. I really haven’t come back to write much. I promise I will soon!!

@Archie
Metro and I listened to a Evanovich audio book on a trip — very entertaining!

@Dorothy
Welcome! I see you have a kidlit blog — yes, you’ll like the Cooper books. I’m not sure of the story behind the re-publishing of those books, but the last publisher did not get the rights (or did not bother to publish) one of the books in the series: Over Sea, Under Stone. It’s really the first or second in the series. Very important, but hard to find.

[…] book, the characters are fascinating and realistic, and some moments will move you to tears. I mentioned it awhile ago on this blog, where the only thing I really said about it is that they’d made a movie out of it. […]

Speaking of reading hiatus, I was just wondering if you’ve ever had the kind of break where suddenly you find yourself floundering for new favorite authors? Like suddenly, you walk into a bookstore, and you feel as though you’ve read all the books in one form or another. If so, how does one get oneself re-engaged?

Wow, noladreams…you’ve definitely asked a good question. Was it rhetorical, or do you have an answer that works for you?

I’m lucky that I live in a smaller town with a fabulous secondhand bookstore…and I’ve often consoled myself that if I could not find anything new to read, I could open myself up to the knowledgeable staff there and let them suggest books that inspired them. Not yet there, I don’t think…as I could easily have spent $50 in that store on the weekend, had I some cash.

The problem I’m finding though is that I’m too stressed most days to pick up anything new. An old friend, re-read, is more calming at times….

I’m usually comforted not so much by a specific story, but by the author’s voice. I’ve decided not to be so stubborn and just get rid of those authors that aren’t doing it for me (I have a habit of reading something, even bad books, through to the end, ergo I become frustrated). Just read Mansfield Park now, and I feel refreshed.

Ah yes…the guilt of not-finishing a book. I think I’ve outgrown that, most days. Austen is refreshing, or a very well-written bit of speculative fiction…

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